TUSCALOOSA — The good news for Alabama is Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said running back T.J. Yeldon would be able to play on Saturday against No. 1 Mississippi State.
From there though, Saban said he wasn’t sure how “explosive” Yeldon could be.
Yeldon suffered a twisted ankle in the fourth quarter of the Tide’s victory over LSU last week.
“He’s been able to practice at least maybe 75-80 percent the last couple of days,” Saban said during his weekly radio show on Thursday. “I think he’ll be able to play in the game. How explosive he’ll be remains to be seen. The type of injury he has is something he can play with, but if he practices too much, it aggravates him.”
Yeldon is Alabama’s leading rusher with 684 yards and five touchdowns. Yeldon has battled nagging injuries all season as he was slowed by a hamstring and foot injury earlier this year.
Just how important is Yeldon to the Tide’s offense? In Saban’s eyes, the junior tailback is the complete package.
“He’s certainly had a great season for us,” Saban said. “I watch these highlights and all they show is him running the ball. But the guy is a fantastic receiver, he’s a great pass blocker and he’s a really good third-down back. So we miss a lot of things (without him).”